These organization tips from The Home Edit will help you get your house in shape for fall (and keep it that way all year round).
For those of us who have already re-watched “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” for inspiration decluttering our quarantine dens, there’s good news: “Get Organized with The Home Edit” is now available to stream on Netflix.
The unscripted series featuring celebrity organizers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, the duo behind the viral home organization company, follows the Nashville-based duo as they conquer clutter in the homes of everyday people and celebrity clients alike (which isn’t a stretch for Shearer and Teplin who’ve worked with everyone from Katy Perry to Khloe Kardashian).
The Home Edit by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, $13.29 from Amazon
Not only does this book offer invaluable advice from Shearer and Teplin, it also includes refrigerator labels.
If you’ve ever audibly swooned over a rainbow of perfectly aligned cans of La Croix or longed for Busy Phillips’ delightfully organized and colorful pantry, you’re probably familiar with the work of The Home Edit and the beautifully organized spaces they create.
Unlike Marie Kondo’s KonMari method which thrives on the joy of minimalism, The Home Edit takes a highly visual (read: Instagrammable) approach to home organization, using uniform containers, labeling, and color grouping. It’s perfect for maximalists and minimalists alike.
If you’re looking to whip your kitchen and pantry into shape (or simply want some helpful solutions for organizing the things that “spark joy”) here are a few key takeaways from The Home Edit method.
1. Start Small and Edit
The name says it all. The Home Edit doesn’t want you to get rid of your possessions, they want you to edit them. If being overwhelmed is an issue, start with the smallest areas of your kitchen, like your junk drawer. Pull out everything and group similar items together. Purge what you no longer use, like, or have in duplicates (for example, do you really need those two can openers?). Next, assess what containers you’ll need to organize your items.
2. Be Consistent
According to The Home Edit, when it comes to organizing consistency is key. As Shearer tells House Beautiful, “if people have a hodgepodge of containers, it is the worst thing in the entire world.” We can think of worse things (like steak that’s been warmed up in the microwave or overcooked calamari), but I think it’s safe to say that when your organizing strategy is consistent, the space flows better.
Depending on your needs, choose one kind of clear container (in various sizes) along with one style of basket and go from there. FYI, The Home Edit swears by these Rubbermaid Brilliance containers.
Rubbermaid Storage Container Set, $41.81 from Amazon
Keeping your food fresh and organized is the name of the game here.
3. Ditch the Packaging
Look through The Home Edit Instagram and you’ll instantly notice that items like rice, pasta, and cereal have been removed from their original packaging. The idea here is that excess packaging creates visual confusion. Emptying contents into clear containers and labeling them accordingly, not only looks amazing, it also helps maximize whatever space you have (so long, awkward bulky bags and boxes that never seem to fit anywhere!).
4. Label Everything
I know what you’re thinking. “Why do I need to label a clear container of cornflakes when I can see what’s inside?” It may seem counterintuitive, but The Home Edit suggests labeling everything—even the obvious items. A labeling system creates a visually cohesive look while also making items incredibly easy to find.
You can use a label maker or printed labels, however The Home Edit is known for labeling everything by hand with their signature loopy handwriting. They sell these labels pre-made in their store, but a white Sharpie paint marker works just as well.
White Sharpie, 3 for $11.50 from Amazon
If you follow The Home Edit plan to label everything, you're going to need plenty of ink.
5. The “Label Everything” Directive Includes Your Spice Rack
Truly take charge of your spice rack and decant spices into uniform bottles. Label everything and organize alphabetically. It may seem a bit extreme, but it’s so much easier to find a specific seasoning when you know that your stash of cumin is right next to your jar of curry powder and so forth.
Aozita 24 Pcs Spice Jar Set, $24.99 from Amazon
Shaker lids, labels, and even a funnel are included.
6. Group Items in Categories
This probably sounds like a no-brainer, but open your cupboards or fridge and you’ll likely find sauces mixed in with proteins, alongside breakfast foods sharing space with snacks. The Home Edit recommends grouping like items together, while also being mindful of how you use the space. For example, try grouping items by meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) and creating a separate beverage or snack “station” so you can easily grab items on the go.
7. Allocate Space in the Fridge
Use a similar approach when organizing your fridge by allocating specific areas to designated categories. Remove everything from your fridge and wipe it down. The Home Edit suggests, “once everything is emptied out of the fridge, create groupings: Dairy, Meat / Poultry, Veggies, Fruit, Snacks, etc.”
Related Reading: Fridge Organizing Photos to Inspire You to Do Your Own
8. Contain It
Squeezy packs of baby food. Mini yogurts. Small packages of snacks. Instead of letting these items float around aimlessly in your fridge or pantry, contain everything in clear plastic containers or fridge bins. Containing items will help keep them in their zone, making cleaning easier. The Home Edit recommends these plastic refrigerator and freezer storage bins from iDesign.
iDesign Refrigerator/Freezer Storage Bin, $12.89 from Amazon
Ensure easy access to everything in your fridge and freezer.
9. Invest in a Lazy Susan
Or three. The Home Edit are big fans of lazy Susans—in particular those made out of clear acrylic plastic like this Turntable Storage from mDesign, $17.99 at Amazon. Grouping like-items together in a turntable style container (for example, sauces, cooking oils, etc.) means you can easily see what you have, reducing the risk of “forgotten cans” at the back of your cupboard (container of expired canned pumpkin from last fall, we’re looking at you).
mDesign Divided Lazy Susan, $14.95 from Amazon
Want less stress in the kitchen? Give this a spin.
10. Use Drawer Organizers
A cluttered kitchen junk drawer becomes a work of art thanks to plastic drawer organizers. Simply group items into categories (for example, elastic bands, sauce packets, menus etc) and purge what you don’t need. Next, place each category of item into their own section.
STORi 6-Piece Drawer Organizer Set, $15.99 from Amazon
These organizers provide a simple way to combat clutter.
Related Reading: How to Organize Your Junk Drawer
11. Indulge in Your Love of Rainbows
Who doesn’t love rainbows? One of The Home Edit’s most well known and visually appealing signature looks involves using pops of ROYGBIV (an acronym for the sequence of hues that make up a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) to organize items. From books to your favorite snacks, it’s hard not to feel a spark of joy when you open your cupboard or pantry and see a literal rainbow of all of your favorite foods and kitchen essentials.
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